Even after the development of sonograms in the '50s, the royals have never announced the baby's sex before the birth. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge even decided to keep it a surprise for themselves for their three kids. In Queen Elizabeth II's case, didn't even address her pregnancy directly, simply stating she wouldn't take any engagements for the next few months.
Queen Elizabeth had all four of her children in royal residences, and so did Queen Victoria. The royal mothers brought in their own doctors and midwives to set up makeshift maternity wards.
Anne, Princess Royal and Diana, Princess of Wales modernized the birthing process by electing for the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital instead. The Duchess of Cambridge followed in their footsteps for her pregnancies as well, and it's likely Meghan Markle will do the same as it's her first child.
has produced the luxury knitted-lace shawls in Nottingham, England, for more than 100 years. Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis made their debuts swaddled in the fine wool, and the company even presented a shawl to Prince William back when he was a baby.
Queen Victoria (pictured with her baby great-grandson) reportedly hated being pregnant and used ether for at least two of her children's births, "soothing, quieting, and delightful beyond measure." Her decision de-stigmatized the option, leading other ladies to request The Crown even depicted Queen Elizabeth receiving a dose of "twilight sleep" when she had Charles.
Before Prince Charles was born in 1948, the customarily attended all of the royal births. The presence of a government official supposedly "verified" the event, but luckily the Queen did away with this practice and paved the way for greater privacy.
Prince Philip during the birth of his firstborn, steering clear of the delivery room as per social norms at the time. However, reportedly bucked the trend and stayed with Queen Victoria for the birth of some of their nine children.
The Queen, senior members of the royal family, and the Middleton family reportedly got the first details on Princess Charlotte's birth before any news went out the public.
The unofficial duty involves announcing details to the crowds waiting outside, just like many hundreds of years ago. Back in Medieval England, town criers were the primary sources of information since many townspeople were illiterate.
They don't skimp, that's for sure. Prince William and Prince Charles both have four, but they've pared it down for the latest generation: George Alexander Louis, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, and Louis Arthur Charles. Every name the royals choose has a history to it as well, meaning bookies can put odds on handful of likely picks.
Even with all of those elaborate first names, the royals sometimes get more casual with the last one. Prince George goes by "George Cambridge" at school, similar to Prince Harry's "Harry Wales" moniker. Other descendants of the Queen often use Windsor or Mountbatten-Windsor when required.
According to the Letters Patent issued in 1917, only the grandchildren born to the sons of the Sovereign receive titles. For example, (Princess Anne's children and the Queen's grandchildren) don't use His or Her Royal Highness.
A recent update — 2013's Succession to the Crown Act — just ended the previous tradition of younger male heirs taking precedence over older sisters. That meant Prince Louis didn't "bump" Princess Charlotte from her place in fourth in the order of succession, even though he's a boy.
Slightly different than the order of succession, this hierarchy of importance is used on formal and state occasions. It often follows proximity to the Queen in the family tree, until women get married. Then they take on their husbands' ranks instead.
They might already own everything they could possibly need, but that doesn't stop well-wishers from showering the family with gifts. Meghan and Harry have already picked up a few on their royal tours, including this plush kangaroo from Australia's Governor General Peter Cosgrove.
This very specific number is chosen because a basic salute includes , but since the Tower is considered a Royal Palace and it's located within London, any additional 41 shots get added to the total. The whole shebang takes around 10 minutes.
Since is considered an official Royal Park, the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fires off 41 here, usually beginning around noon. Gun salutes also mark other important occasions, like the Queen's birthday and the State Opening of Parliament.
In Princess Louis's case, his proud parents showed her off to the crowds outside less than seven hours after the birth. Princess Diana established this practice of standing outside of the Lindo Wing for photos in her time. The Queen used to take her newborns out on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
The christening is often the next time the public can catch a glimpse of the little one. While they've taken place in various churches and chapels, it's the Archbishop of Canterbury — the most senior bishop in the Church of England — who always has the honors of performing the rite.
Originally commissioned by Queen Victoria for her oldest daughter, around 60 different babies wore the historic garment from 1841 until 2008, when James Viscount Severn broke in a carefully created replica. Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis have now worn the reproduced dress made of Honiton lace.
Queen Victoria also had the ornate created for the baptism of her first child. The circa-1840 silver-gilt bowl takes on the form of an expanded flower, with three cherubs seated at the base. All of the Queen's children and grandchildren were baptized with this unique piece, with the exception of Princess Eugenie.
The chosen adults often represent both sides of the family. Prince William's cousin Laura Fellowes (pictured) was one of Princess Charlotte's five official godparents, while Prince George had and Prince Louis had six.
Back in the Queen's days as a young mother, she left Prince Charles at home when she embarked on a six-month tour. However, Princess Diana took Prince Harry overseas just year after his birth, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge brought their 9-month-old firstborn with them to Australia.
That said, even modern royals still rely on caretakers a lot of the time, including Kate's nanny . While the public doesn't hear much about them, the demanding appearance and travel schedule of a royal necessitates that they get a little back-up. One thing that has changed: Both Diana and Kate have later sent their children to nursery schools, unlike Prince Charles's upbringing (pictured).